Sunday, October 14, 2018

Ganesha Sculpture

This year I did check one more of my long time bucket list item and I am so very happy!! I always wanted to make my own eco friendly Ganesha for Ganesh Chaturthi and then be able to do visarjan. I feel so accomplished that I was able to do it this year. Now every year I would like to continue this newly set goal for myself and hope to get better in this craft!
The most challenging for me was the head, which I was not quite satisfied with in the finished piece. Also for painting, I used washable tempera paints, so that they could dissolve toxin free in water during visarjan. I realized, that the pigment in these paints is not quite strong and I had to paint over and over to get the desired effect. Specially the Green... on the shawl, so so hard to get that..
The best color was blue base, and the red color was really good as well. But in my new experiment next year, I will use fluorescent tempera paints and that way I think I will be able to get brighter colors.
See my results of this year's experiment below and the final installation.
Ganesha Sculpture using Air Dry Clay, about 9.5 in tall and 8 in wide
I posted the video of closeups on my FB page, see it: Click Here to see close up Video of Ganesha

I let is dry for 2 weeks and then painted it as below:
Ganesha Sculpture using Air Dry Clay, about 9.5 in tall and 8 in wide
This fit perfectly in our setup !!

Head Drawing Practice

In Summer - July and August, I joined a Beginning Head Drawing Class with Art Mentors in Huntington Beach, taught by Charles Hu.
Below are some images of my sketch practice during the class.

Blue Iris

Wanted to paint in blue for a longest time. Did this painting back in May and did not upload it. Now catching up with posts on my blog, posting stuff that I missed earlier this year!!

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Blue Iris, 6x6 inches, Watercolor on 140lbs coldpress Arches Paper

Code# PK_18_004
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Saturday, April 14, 2018

Wake up in Paradise

This is painted from a photograph, I wish I can visit this island in Hawaii and paint plein-air.
I think this is Mokulua Island off the Lanikai beach in Kailua, Hawaii. The sunrise is fabulous and I love the sky.
This painting is not for sale.

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Wake Up in Paradise, 16x20 inches, Oil on Canvas Panel, palette knife painting

Code# PK_18_003
Personal Collection, Not for Sale

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Juicy Grapes

Its taking longer for me to complete.. just got bus with the fitness challenge and very hard to balance the time for all the stuff that I want to do..
I am so happy how this came out. I had loved the lighting in the original picture and was itching to get the painting done..
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Juicy Grapes, 11x15 inches, Watercolor on 140 lb Coldpress Arches Paper

Code# PK_18_002
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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Waterlily Reflections 2

This is my first post of the year 2018. Feeling quite a bit behind compared to previous years. But this year I took up the fitness challenge rather than painting challenge. So I am finding it challenging to balance the daily routine with good sleep, fitness and painting.
In December, I had painted a pink Waterlily and had several reference pictures, so felt the urge to paint another one with its little baby too.
It was fun to come up with all different shades of greens. The Pink really stands out among all those greens and blue!!
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Code# PK_18_001
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Monday, December 11, 2017

Spirit of Holidays - Poinsettia

Feeling Red... is all I can say, this turned out pretty interesting. I am considering to do a larger version of this painting eventually. I finished this in about 3 days on and off doing demo in my booth at Sawdust Art Festival, Winter fantasy 2017. I one point I was so much engrossed painting this that a lady had to call me few times to ask me pricing on my Greeting cards... Not a good situation while at the booth, but otherwise I was pretty watchful of people stopping by and was talking to them. Sometimes getting up and showing them rest of my work. Many people stopped by just to see the process and to ask questions. Below are some more pictures with me doing the painting as well.
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Spirit of Holidays - Poinsettia, 6x6 inches, Watercolor on 300lbs Coldpress Arches paper
Code# PK_17_019 
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Booth demo at Sawdust Festival Winter Fantasy 2017

My Booth at Sawdust Festival Winter Fantasy 2017

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